Bostons Angel made it a day to remember for the Irish at Cheltenham on Wednesday, when causing a 16/1 upset in the RSA Chase. The tough battler had won at Leopardstown last time out but was allowed go off at long odds here and as ever, he tried his heart out and got the deserved reward.
Jessie Harrington’s charge had to battled hard to see off fellow Irish challenger, Jessies Dream, who looked the main danger after jumping the last. However, the winner showed more resolve in the climb to the finish and claimed the spoils. The fast finishing Wayward Prince ran on late to take third place.
“I nearly jumped out of the stand to push him up the hill!” said Harrington. “He just feels like he’s done enough when he hits the front and he’s never going to win by very far.
“This will always be a special day for us because of Moscow and while we were obviously disappointed with what happened to Oscars Well, to have a winner is great. Some people were worried about quicker ground but I wasn’t, he won on it at Doncaster over hurdles. I actually thought the Midlands National was the race for him. He proved me wrong so we came here.
“I always had a sneaky feeling he was the right horse for this race. He stays really well, he jumps soundly and you can kick him into every fence and he gets himself right. Fairyhouse and Punchestown are possibles, but he’s now won three Grade Ones and he might have a holiday.”
Robbie Power added: “I thought Oscars Well was my best chance of the week – he was terribly unlucky. This lad is as tough as nails and he never knows when he’s beat.
“At the top of the hill I was going nowhere, I set him alight at the bottom of the hill and he galloped all the way to the line. I’ve won a Grand National but there was one thing missing from my C.V.”